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City Council Meeting Minutes

January 15, 2013

January 15, 2013 
Signed Resolutions
No Bills Approved

CALL TO ORDER:  City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on January 15, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 101 S. George St., York, PA, to receive general public comment, with the following Council members present: David Satterlee, Michael Ray Helfrich, Renee S. Nelson, Henry Hay Nixon, Vice President, and Carol Hill-Evans, President, with President Hill-Evans presiding. 

 

GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Bobby Brunner, York, complained of trash on a property located in the 1200 block of Wallace St.

 

Jane Heller, York, discussed the need to stabilize the historic King Mansion located on Kings Mill Rd. 

 

There being no further public comment, President Hill-Evans adjourned the General Committee meeting and convened in Legislative Session at 7:00 p.m., in Council Chambers, 101 S. George St., York, PA, with the following members present: David Satterlee, Michael Ray Helfrich, Renee S. Nelson, Henry Hay Nixon, Vice President, and Carol Hill-Evans, President, with President Hill-Evans presiding. 

 

Members of the Administration in attendance included:  Acting Fire Chief David Michaels, and Assistant Solicitor Mark Elion.

 

Members of York City Council staff in attendance included:  Dianna L. Thompson-Mitchell, City Clerk.

 

Pledge of Allegiance:  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 

 

Approval of Minutes:  Council dispensed with the reading of the Minutes of December 18, 2012 and unanimously approved them as written.

 

Correspondence and Announcements: President Hill-Evans read correspondence and announcements.

 

PRESENTATIONS: None

 

COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED

 

Committee Work Sessions: Scheduled for Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss items for the February legislative agenda.

 

STATUS OF PRIOR COMMITTEE REFERRALS: No reports.

  

SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB

 

Resolution No. 1, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution accepting the recommendations of HARB in issuing a permit to Mike Johnson for work to be done at 731 S. George St., Richard Gribble for work to be done at 228 W. Market St., and Dan Heit for work to be done at 267-269 E. Market St., was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 1 came up for discussion.  (Note: The resolution was corrected to change a typographical error in the address for work to be done by Mike Johnson. The correct address is 731 S. George St.)

 

Councilman Helfrich stated that because Mr. Johnson worked on his campaign he would abstain from voting on his application.  As such, Mr. Helfrich asked that the vote on 731 S. George St. be separated from the other two applications.  The motion to separate was seconded by Nixon, and passed by the following vote:  Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

 

At the recommendation of Assistant Solicitor Elion, Councilman Helfrich departed the room prior to the vote on 731 S. George St.

 

On motion of Nixon, seconded by Nelson, the application for work to be done at 731 S. George St. was approved by the following vote: Yeas – Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0; Abstained – Helfrich – 1.  (Note: Councilman Helfrich was an automatic abstention although he was not present for the vote.)

 

Councilman Helfrich re-entered the meeting.

 

On motion of Helfrich, seconded by Nixon, the applications filed for work to be done at 228 W. Market St. and 267-269 E. Market St., passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

 

FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS

 

Final Passage of Resolution No. 135, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution amending fees for the Bureau of Permits, Planning and Zoning (permits, admin fees, zoning fees, plan review and inspection fees, appeals fees, and plumbing fees) to become effective 10 days after approval by Council, which was introduced by Hill-Evans at the December 18, 2012 meeting of Council and read in brief, came up for final passage.  On motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 135 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Resolution No. 2, Session 2013,  (View) A Resolution adopting Council's 2013 schedule of meetings was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 2 came up for discussion.

 

Council discussed and agreed to the regular meetings schedule but opted to hold committee meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month (exceptions: May 29 and December 18) with no committee meetings being held during the summer recess (June, July and August), however, a special committee meeting could be called during the summer recess for emergency purposes.

 

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 2 adopting Council's 2013 schedule of meetings passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

 

Resolution No. 3, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution appointing Edquina Washington to the Albert S. Weyer Community Health Fund Advisory Committee to serve until September 30, 2015, was introduced by Nixon, read at length, and on motion of Nixon, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 3 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

 

Resolution No. 4, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution appointing Genevieve H. Ray as an alternate member of HARB to serve until the first Monday of January 2016, was introduced by Nixon, read at length, and on motion of Nixon, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 4 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.  The City Clerk then administered the Oath of Office to Ms. Ray.

 

Resolution No. 5, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution reappointing James E. Gross to the York City Sewer Authority Board to serve until January 1, 2018, was introduced by Satterlee, read at length, and on motion of Satterlee, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 5 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

 

Resolution No. 6, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution authorizing a conditional offer of employment as a probationary firefighter to Johnathan Brown with the option to select the next suitable candidate from the civil service eligibility list should Mr. Brown not qualify, was introduced by Nixon, read at length, and on motion of Nixon, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 6 came up for discussion.

 

Fire Chief Michaels explained that a Captain announced his retirement from the department this week and that he would like to get a firefighter hired to replace him but is up against time constraints.  He said the next fire academy starts March 5 and that we typically start a new firefighter two weeks prior in order to get them familiar with the department and to order gear, uniforms etc.  Prior to being officially hired, he stated that we are required to have Council authorize sending out a conditional offer of employment letter.  The candidate will need to successfully pass a background check, a physical exam and a psych test and that it will take some time to get the test scheduled and results returned. Chief Michaels feels we may not have enough time to complete required testing prior to the start of the fire academy if we were to wait until the February 5 meeting with this request.

 

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 6 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0..

 

REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS: None

 

COUNCIL COMMENT

 

Councilman Helfrich commended those who arranged the Martin Luther King Dinner because it was a success.  He said there was a lot of effective discussion on how to deal with the recent rash of violence and he hopes residents continue to show interest in making our community a better place to live.

 

President Hill-Evans congratulated those at the state level who were sworn into office today. She then announced that on January 21, the Crispus Attucks Association will host a Martin Luther King breakfast and the Black Ministers Association will have a MLK celebration at York High at 7 p.m.

 

ADMINISTRATION COMMENT: None

 

 

NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for February 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. (Public Comment commences at 6:30 p.m.) in City Council Chambers, 101 S. George St., York, PA.

 

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, the January 15, 2013 meeting of Council adjourned at 7:27 p.m.